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Ne•fud′ Des′ert

a desert in N Saudi Arabia. ab. 50,000 sq. mi. (129,500 sq. km). Also called An Nafud, Nafud.
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Noun1.Nafud - a desert in northern Saudi Arabia that is noted for its red sand and violent winds
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia - an absolute monarchy occupying most of the Arabian Peninsula in southwest Asia; vast oil reserves dominate the economy
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Courtesy: SGS) JEDDAH: The Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) discovered the remnants of tusks, ribs, and forearms of a small mammoth in the Nafud Desert, east of the town of Tayma, noting that the discovered parts represent 84 percent of the mammoth.
There are wonderful quotes; from Wilfrid Blunt's description of the Great Nafud Desert in Saudi Arabia as the colour of 'rhubarb and magnesia', to Lady Blunt's assertion that 'a Persian riding a camel is the most ridiculous sight in the world'.
Innovative space shuttle technology has allowed the mapping of over 10 thousand lakes across Arabia including the now barren Nafud desert," he says.
The town of archaeological Jabah is located in the north-west of Hail, 100 kilometers inside Nafud desert is considered as one of the largest and most important rock inscriptions and paintings sites in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, an art museum of ancient peoples museums and a desert, heritage and tourist destination in the region includes the oldest human sites dating back to the stone ages.
Officials said the areas included the Nafud Basin, northern Saudi Arabia, Rub' al Khali (the Empty Quarter), the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf.
A considerable part of the peninsula is covered by sand deserts; among them are the An Nafud (a red sand desert in the northwest) and the Rub' al-Khali (in the southwest, whose 650,000 [km.
But as I contemplated weeks of choreography by Martins, Feld, Forsythe, Richard Tanner, Garth Fagan, and Ulysses Dove set to Charles Wuorinen, John Adams, Philip Glass, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Torke, or John Cage, I felt like Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia, preparing to cross the Nafud.
The major desert areas [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 1 OMITTED] occur in North America (Sonoran, Great Basin, Chihuahuan, Mojave), South America (Sechura/Atacama, Puna/Altiplano, Chaco, Monte, Patagonia), Australia (Gibson, Great Sandy, Great Victoria, Tanami, Simpson), southern Africa (Namib, Kalahari), and Asia and northern Africa (Sahara, Arabian, Nafud, Negev, Kara-Kum, Kyzyl-Kum, Gobi, Thar, etc.
RIYADH: A joint scientific Saudi-German research team discovered that Tayma, a large oasis in the Nafud desert with a long history of settlement, was a global cultural center and a beacon for trade in the Bronze Age.